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Ballet should not need to be linked to narrow male stereotypes to appeal to boys. Pictured: UK company BalletBoyz. AAP Image/Sydney Opera House, Michele Mossop

Boys dance too - and in Japan they are celebrated

While male dancers in the US and Australia seek to combat bullying with #boysdancetoo, Japanese culture accepts and embraces male ballet dancing.
Grill, a 19-year-old female California sea lion, holds a brush in her jaws after writing the calligraphy ‘Reiwa’ to mark the beginning of a new era for Japan. EPA-EFE/Jiji Press Japan

Japan: spring and prosperity the watchwords as country announces a new era

The country has reached back more than a thousand years into its early literary heritage for an auspicious name for a new era under a new emperor.
President Donald Trump, left, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

Will US-Japan friendship survive uncertainty in Asia?

US-Japan relations are under pressure. As leaders of the two countries meet this week, a scholar tells the story of the exchange program that made such a difference to American attitudes toward Japan.
Genking, a male-born Japanese TV personality and ‘genderless’ pioneer. _genking_/Instagram

Japan’s gender-bending history

In Japanese popular culture, new trends come and go. But the Japanese have toyed with gender norms for generations.

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